Final approval of court broadcasting proposals

Live television broadcasting in courts has received  final approval in the House of Commons.

From October, broadcasting of  legal arguments and the final judgment will be allowed for criminal and civil cases in the Court of Appeal .

The proposals will now be debated in the House of Lords prior to coming into effect, the Government then intends to extend filming to allow the broadcast of sentencing remarks in the Crown Court.

Courts Minister Helen Grant said

‘Justice must be seen to be done, that is why we are introducing limited television broadcasting in courts from next month.

‘We are opening up the court process to allow people to see and hear the judges’ decisions in their own words, but we will also ensure that victims and witnesses will not be filmed and will remain protected.’

Victims, witnesses and defendants will not be part of the broadcasts and will continue to be protected.

The costs of filming are expected to be covered by media organisations. The media organisation filming will be able to determine which cases are broadcast, subject to necessary judicial checks, including where it would not be in the interests of justice to broadcast footage or could cause undue prejudice to any party.